The Associated Press is reporting that
MSNBC was the victim of a hoax when it reported that an adviser to John McCain had identified himself as the source of an embarrassing story about former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.Network spokesguy, Jeremy Gates explained,
"The story was not properly vetted and should not have made air. We recognized the error almost immediately and ran a correction on air within minutes."Not properly vetted? Almost immediately? That's not a victim. That's a willing participant. MSNBC desperately wanted dirt on Palin's intellect and they jumped at the first lunacy offered and they ran, ran like the wind, with it.
The source of the story and the hoax is a "flog" a fake blog disquised to look real. In this case it was the Eisenstadt Group, Martin Eisenstadt's Blog and The Harding Institute for Freedom and Democracy.
Eisenstadt the source for Sarah Palin Africa leak… and proud of it.
November 10th, 2008. by Marty
UPDATE (scroll down for original post)…. MSNBC did a nice “Breaking News” piece on me with David Schuster interviewing my fellow pundits, “Republican strategist” Todd Boulanger and “Democratic strategist” David Goodfriend about my difficult decision to come clean as the source of the Africa story. MSNBC tried to reach me today for an on-camera interview as well, but I was traveling between DC and New York when the story aired. I certainly have my issues with NBC, and even Keith Olbermann’s used me as a source on several occasions, so at least it was nice that this time they gave me full attribution.
What a bunch of rubes! Heck, the media even ignored the fact that Sarah Palin has a Journalism degree and worked as a reporter. She was one of them, geez!
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